Science

The Science Department

The department is housed in two specialist laboratories, each with gas, water and electricity supply for students to use at their workplace. Both laboratories have multimedia projectors. The other room used by the department has an interactive whiteboard and projector.

As part of the preparation for Thomas Alleyne’s High School, students are taught a condensed Key Stage 3 curriculum. This requires units of work formerly covered in Years 7, 8 and 9 to be taught over two years at Oldfields Hall Middle School. It involves combining units in the course that we teach together with Home study units that require independent study by the students. The school can then report on progress at the end of Key Stage 3 in Year 8.

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The department has access to a bookable computer room so that students have ready access to the internet for research and for the presentation of their work. We also have access to Android tablets. We have 13 data meters that allow students to use ICT to measure the temperature, light level, sound level and movement of objects in their investigations. We have separate monitors for pulse rate. The Science specialists in the department cover a wide range of areas of expertise. Very few Middle schools can boast such a well qualified and diverse Science department.

Year 5 Course Summary

Students have two hours of Science each week. They are taught by their class teacher or by a specialist Science teacher but we usually manage to timetable in one lesson per week where students come over to the Science Labs to try out some more adventurous experiments. Students are encouraged to work scientifically through their discovery of How Science Works. Elements of Literacy and Numeracy are taught and reinforced in the Science lessons. 

Units:

  • Moving Earth
  • Growing Up and Growing Old
  • Material World
  • Super Scientist 
  • Circle of Life
  • Let’s Get Moving

Year 6 Course Summary

Students have two hours per week of Science with their Science teacher with most of the lessons in a laboratory. They develop their investigation skills to try to answer questions about the world around them.

Students are given the opportunity to practise laboratory skills with at least one visit to a laboratory per week. Independent learning is developed with use of the IT resources and equipment available in the department. Students are encouraged to work scientifically through their discovery of How Science Works. Elements of Literacy and Numeracy are taught and reinforced in the Science lessons.

Units:

  • Keeping Healthy
  • Electricity
  • Light
  • Sorting Living Things
  • Evolution and Inheritance

Year 7 Course Summary

In Year 7 class sizes are smaller and are as far as possible taught by a specialist teacher. Students have four hours of Science lessons each week.

Topics for study will be based around:
Life Processes, Variation and Interdependence, Behaviour, Particle Models, Patterns in Chemical Reactions, Energy Transfer and Electricity, Forces, Changing Environment and Sustainability, Changing Earth and Earth, Space and Beyond.

Students are encouraged to develop their Scientific skills of Investigation throughout the year and also complete an Independent Learning Unit in the Space Topic.

Elements of Literacy and Numeracy are taught and reinforced in the Science lessons.

Year 8 Course Summary

In Year 8 class sizes are smaller and with a specialist teacher. Students have four hours of Science each week. Topics for study will be based around:

Life Processes, Variation and Interdependence, Behaviour, Particle Models, Patterns in Chemical Reactions, Energy Transfer and Electricity, Forces, Changing Environment and Sustainability, Changing Earth and Earth, Space and Beyond.

Students are encouraged to develop their Scientific skills of Investigation throughout the year and also complete an Independent Learning Unit in the Space Topic.

Elements of Literacy and Numeracy are taught and reinforced in the Science lessons.